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Suspect in illegal gambling investigation retires from JSO, collects pension

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Updated: 6/10/2013 6:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Robbie Freitas was the number two man for the Fraternal Order of Police, the Vice President under Nelson Cuba.  Since the two union leaders were arrested in March as part of the illegal gambling investigation into Allied Veterans of the World, Cuba has been on voluntary leave without pay.

Meanwhile, Action News has learned Robbie Freitas is still collecting a check.  Action News has confirmed through the Police and Fire Pension Fund that, after his arrest, Freitas retired from JSO and is collecting his pension.

Curtis Lee, a concerned taxpayer, requested internal documents from the Pension Fund, which show just how much money Freitas is collecting.

"Robbie Freitas is going to get about $40,000 a year from taxpayers.  And that will escalate at 3% per year," he said.  "I would prefer to see pensions suspended if people are indicted for serious crimes.  That would make a lot more sense to me."

Lee fears a repeat of what happened in the case of Richard Cannon, a Jacksonville police officer turned convicted child molester.  As Cannon serves a 30 year prison sentence, he's collecting a pension being paid for by you.  The PFPF Board of Trustees decided Cannon was entitled to his benefits because he didn't use his status as a police officer to commit the crime.

"All of these people are collecting pensions at our expense," said Lee.

The Police and Fire Pension Fund will also have the final say in Freitas' case, should he be convicted.

Freitas is due back in court in August.

The Allied Veterans of the World was built to help homeless veterans.  It was supposed to raise money for the charity through online gaming at internet cafes.  Investigators say those online gaming centers raised $300 million, but only about 2 percent actually went to the charity.  The rest, investigators say, lined the pockets of the suspects.

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RSmith - 7/18/2013 8:53 AM
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Let him collect his pension based on what he paid, less what the city matched.

Stumpy - 6/28/2013 6:00 PM
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Octavello, yes, the federal government will take your retirement if you commit a crime while working for the government. Robbie Freitas was working for the Sheriff's department, a position in which the public expects absolute trust, as they are supposed to be enforcing the law, not breaking it. As such, this employee, who broke that sacred trust, does not deserve his pension. I do however, feel that he should be allowed to collect it until he is found guilty in a court of law. At that point, he should be forced to pay it back. If he's found innocent, then he should continue to collect it. One last item, someone working for Ford is not in the public trust as a sheriff is, so you cannot compare the two. Now, if someone working for Ford committed a crime against Ford, they too would take away his pension and fire him. Jacksonville can't even afford to fix the roads or keep the libraries open, yet they pay outrageous salaries to school board members, etc... There is so much waste in Jacksonville that it's sickening. The new court house alone was so grossly overpriced that someone should be getting charged in it for defrauding the tax payers. So when a person who is supposed to be in a position getting the highest trust from the tax payers and he brakes the law so grossly as this, if he is found to be guilty, he should loose his pension and pay further restitution to the tax payers that he cheated in the first place.

octavello - 6/17/2013 1:20 PM
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His pension is HIS pension, he earned it. If the guy retired after 30 yrs with GM or Ford, would we expect him to lose his pension if he committed a crime? Would the govt take your 401k if you commit a crime? Come on now....

c9bcrewman - 6/13/2013 10:38 PM
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i'm good at screwing people let me have the money. a real shame.

Ron York - 6/13/2013 1:27 AM
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Curtis, cannot you wait until Robbie has his day in court? Surely, he is due as many rights as the gangbangers he protected from many years.

TOMMY - 6/11/2013 6:51 AM
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his pension should go to the people he screwed!

Gunny48 - 6/10/2013 6:16 PM
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As long as anyone earns their pension legally I can't justify taking it away as punishment. Of course that money should be counted as income and used to pay any penalties, etc. if convicted of a crime(unless it is part of a bankruptcy filing, etc.).
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